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Thyroid Diseases

Thyroid Storm and Heart Failure

07/01/2010

Question:

Can thyroid storm cause increased blood pressure and thickening of the heart wall?

Answer:

Thyroid storm is a life-threatening critical illness. It wouldn't last long enough to cause thickening of the heart wall. The patient would either recover (in which case there shouldn't be much effect on the heart wall) or die. Patients with thyroid storm can have an increased blood pressure, at least initially.

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Response by:

Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University